Letters to the Editor, Dec. 29

Use Freedom Of Speech Now


I do not know Tom Johnson, Sr., but he speaks truth when he tells us to “speak out”(Chronicle, Dec. 15) How right he is!

President-elect Trump is traveling the country, gloating about his win,  with the same noxious rants that he had during the  campaign to large meetings of his base corps, the “deplorables” who still chant “put her in jail.” Encouraged then and now to be national security advisor, retired General Michael T. Flynn “shared classified information with foreign military officers in Afghanistan”—and later in Pakistan, and was not even disciplined.

We are told to give Trump a chance.  Let’s see what he does before criticizing him. But aren’t his cabinet appointees telling us something? The wealthiest cabinet ever in America, it will be made of  neo-Nazi American whites, Wall Street  executives and fossil fuel titans.  With Rex Tilerson, CEO of Exxon, as secretary of state, he is “putting the fox in the henhouse.”

The first amendment in our Constitution gives us freedom of speech. Let us use it before it’s too late.

Juliet R. Bernstein


Questions Harbormaster GIS Project


The Chatham Harbormaster GIS MapsOnline webpage at www.mapsonline.net/chathamma/moorings.html was apparently intended to show the number and latitude/longitude location of all moorings in every Chatham mooring area. Although the webpage is publicly accessible, it is not linked to the town website and the mapping is incomplete. The harbormaster and community development departments worked on populating the map for about five years then stopped sometime in 2011 or 2012, as evidenced by the HM and CDD annual reports for those years.

The GIS mapping of all Chatham mooring locations would be a welcome, indeed, an essential tool for the harbormaster, permit holders, wait listees, town officials and the public and would help provide sorely needed transparency of the allocation of moorings by the harbormaster. Because there is no other existing way to easily determine the latitude/longitude and other pertinent information for each mooring, such as permit holder name and address, permit date, vessel description, etc., the mapping and entry of that data should be completed and the webpage linked to the town website.

Falmouth, with over 3,000 moorings, uses similar GIS mapping which Falmouth’s harbormaster describes this way: “As this new mapping system becomes integrated into normal day-to-day operations over the next few years, regulation of the town’s mooring fields is expected to become a much more efficient, controlled process.”

Clearly, there has been substantial time and cost expended by the town on the harbormaster’s GIS project, which is a separate program from the recently scrapped online mooring management program. It would be a shame, indeed wasteful, if the GIS project is not completed. Citizens need to know from the responsible town officials why the GIS project was halted four years ago.

George Myers



Grateful To Chatham Elders


As the New Year is upon us I wish to offer my deep gratitude to the elders of this community that are still with us. They are citizens who raised families here and have children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren still in Chatham or on the Cape. Those children and grandchildren are dependent on Cape Cod for their year-round livelihoods to raise a family, make mortgage payments or rent. In some cases, such as my family, there are four generations living in town today. There are those whose families have lived on the same land for two to three centuries. This should mean something to Chatham.

Thirteen years ago I had the good fortune of returning home to be with my parents through their elder years. It has been a great joy and privilege to be immersed in their long-standing conviction to community. As a child they inspired me to believe so much in this community, its heritage and its citizens’ respective family histories. They, as others, are the standard bearers of first-hand communal knowledge and a way of life that will soon vanish.

Today in my neighborhood there are 12 houses whose residents all went to the 1924 Chatham School. Some raised families in the neighborhood and their children still remain and others grew up elsewhere in town but moved in years ago to raise their own families. Contrary to that, however, are the off-Cape out-of-state investment properties that garner an income that never comes to Chatham.

A Chatham son, elder to me, once wrote, “There’s one thing in Chatham that is not for sale – that’s my heritage!”

I hope those words still mean something to the citizens of Chatham today!

Todd Kelley West Chatham